Fear of the Lord

Things that have a positive side and a negative side:

  • Fire
  • Water
  • Money
  • Fear

Positive fear: Fear of the Lord

  • Respect for the Lord
  • Reverence (high esteem, high regard, admiration, appreciation)
  • Awe (wonder, open-mouthed)

Fearing God means having such a reverence that it has a great impact on the way I live my life.

“Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭(NLT)‬‬

“Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:23‬ ‭(NLT)‬‬

Negative fear: A spirit of fear

  • It is a spirit that hinders us from becoming the people God wants us to be and doing the things that He would want us to do.
  • It is a spirit that steals our peace.
  • It is a spirit that creates doubt.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭(NLT)‬‬

Overcoming the spirit of fear:

  1. Understand that God is with you.
  2. Understand that God is for you.
  3. Understand that God loves you.

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18a ‭(NLT‬‬)

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